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Young girl killed in an accident: Possible wrongful death?

An 11-year-old Texas girl was recently killed in an accident as she sat in the passenger seat of her mother's car. They were sitting in a parked car close to the girl's middle school when a sports utility vehicle caused a multiple-vehicle accident. The tragic fact that the girl was killed in an accident has devastated her parents and shaken her community.

The SUV was traveling north over a driveway that runs through a field at about 3:15 in the afternoon when it turned into a lane traveling eastbound in Houston. The vehicle crashed into the right passenger side of the car occupied by the girl. The force of the crash caused the car to strike a stopped SUV, and in turn caused that SUV to hit another parked vehicle.

The little girl, a front-seat occupant, died hours later at a local hospital. Initially, there were no other reports of injuries as a result of this crash. Investigators have not elaborated on the underlying cause of this crash or whether the driver had been impaired in any way. No reports of charges or arrests pending in the case were noted in the immediate aftermath of the collision.

The family of the girl will likely want to know all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the details of this traffic accident. For such a young child, being killed in an accident seems a horrible fate and the pain the family must feel is unimaginable. They may have the right to file a wrongful death claim against any party whose negligence was deemed to have caused or contributed to the girl's death. While nothing will bring their daughter back, seeking compensation against the person that wronged them may serve as some small measure of justice and a way to ensure that all negligent parties are held responsible for the actions that led to the death of the young child.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "4-vehicle crash kills 11-year-old girl sitting in parked SUV," Anita Hassan, March 10, 2012

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